2003 – Claude Pepper, aka Jack Mack of L.A. R&B group Jack Mack & the Heart Attack, dies of cancer in Sacramento, Calif. He is 50. Pepper, a drummer, co-founded Jack Mack & the Heart Attack in 1980 after working on sessions or tours with such acts as the Righteous Brothers and Three Dog Night.
2003 – Courtney Love is arrested upon arrival at London’s Heathrow Airport for alleged threatening and abusive behavior on a Virgin Atlantic flight from L.A. Love is detained at the airport’s police station.
2001 – Greek-French composer Iannis Xenaxis dies at the age of 78 at his home in Paris. Trained as an engineer and architect, Xenaxis relied on elaborate computer models and other scientific methods to create such mathematically minded works as “Pithoprakta” for trombones, strings, and percussion (1957), “Nuits” for chorus (’67), and “Pleiades” for percussion sextet (’78), as well as a series of electronic pieces.
1999 – Internationally acclaimed dance and R&B music legend Gwen Guthrie dies of cancer in Orange, N.J. Guthrie, 49, is most famous for her 1986 hit, “Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ On But The Rent.”
1999 – In a daring move, Rykodisc becomes the first music label to give its stamp of approval to MP3, the controversial Internet-based music distribution format that struck fear into the hearts of many music industry executives.
1987 – Pianist Liberace dies of AIDS. Age 67.
1983 – Karen Carpenter dies of cardiac arrest, caused by anorexia nervosa, at her parents’ Downey, Calif., home. Age 32.
1977 – Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” is released. The album shoots to the top of Billboard’s chart staying there for 31 weeks. More than 17 million copies have been sold in the U.S.
1977 – The 25th anniversary show of TV’s “American Bandstand.”
1975 – Vocalist/saxophonist Louis Jordan dies of a heart attack. He is the record holder of most weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s R&B charts with 113. Of those 18 chart-topping hits, four stayed at No. 1 for more than 10 weeks. His biggest pop hit is the 1944 No. 1 song “G.I. Jive.”
1962 – Country Crooner Clint Black is born in Long Branch, N.J.
1955 – James Brown records “Please Please Please” for radio station WIBB in Macon, Ga.
1948 – Alice Cooper (Vincent Furnier) is born in Detroit, the son of a minister. Although he sells millions of records, his only No. 1 album is “Billion Dollar Babies” in 1973.